2010 British Open Golf Championship
The 2010 Open Championship made a return to the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland for the 28th time, where Tiger Woods had won on the previous two occasions on 2000 and 2005, but it was surprise package Louis Oosthuizen who stole the show to pull of an unlikely win.
The South African claimed his first ever major title after failing to make the cut in seven of his previous eight major appearances.
Rory McIlroy opened up the tournament with a stunning first round of 63 on a day that many believed the course had played easier than ever before with 73 of the field coming in under par. Louis Oosthuizen was one of the surprise names at the head of the leader board as he fired a seven under 65 to take second, while Jon Daly showed age was no barrier as he came in with a 66.
Louis Oosthuizen moved into the lead by the end of the second round after he followed up with a fine round of 67 to move five shots clear of his nearest challenger Mark Calcavecchia, after the pair had enjoyed the better of the morning conditions. Worsening conditions in the afternoon meant Rory McIlroy came in with an 80 and ruined his opening day's work.
Any hopes of Tiger Woods building a challenge faded on day three as he struggled with his putting, while fellow American Mark Calcavecchia also fell away after he found himself seven over par after just five holes. Paul Casey fired a 67 to move into contention, but he remained behind the ultra-consistent Louis Oosthuizen, who continued to defy the odds with a 69 that left him four shots clear heading into the final day.
Louis Oozthuizen won his first ever major championship as he continued his remarkably consistent display by finishing off with a final round 72 to win by seven shots. Paul Casey had been his nearest challenger over night but triple bogeyed the twelfth, while Rory McIlroy turned his game around brilliantly to come home in 68 after his second day woes.
It meant McIlroy tied for third with Casey and Henrik Stenson, with Lee Westwood taking second place, but the story of the week was the South African Louis Oosthuizen and his amazing win as a complete outsider in the ante-post betting.
2010 British Open Champion – Louis Oosthuizen
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